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Tropical Air of Zanzibar starts scheduled flights to Mbeya.

It's once again good news to the citizens of southern highland regions of Tanzania, and the flying community in general as Tropical air of Zanzibar starts scheduled  operations to Mbeya (MBI). On Friday 19th July 2013 Tropical Air's ATR42-300 landed at Songwe International Airport ( HTGW) for the first time marking the beginning of the airline's scheduled flights from Zanzibar to Mbeya via Dar es salaam.   According to the information on its website, Tropical air will be flying to Mbeya three times in a week. Flights will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday using an ATR42-300 with fares starting at 180,000TZS.   Mbeya promo - Tropical Air.   Flights schedules can be accessed here: Time table June 2013   Tropical Air is the first locally-owned Zanzibar aviation company in Tanzania. It started operations in 1999 with only one single engine-aircraft, 5H-PKD a Cessna F172N. It's fleet now consist of: 4 Cessna C208Bs a Eurocopter  AS350B2 helicopter

Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire at London's HeathrowAirport.

A fire broke out inside a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner at London’s Heathrow airport  on Friday evening forcing  Heathrow to shut down its runways at peak evening traffic time. It was parked in a remote bay and no passengers were aboard at the time. It caught fire and its roof just in front of the tail, scarred by the blaze. The airport was closed for an hour and a half causing long delays.   This is bad news for Boeing. The Dreamliner has had problems in the past. Shortly after being introduce into commercial service they were two aircrafts that had problems with the batteries and catching fire, and that led the whole fleet worldwide be grounded in January.   Around 50 Dreamliners worldwide were grounded in January 2013 after malfunctions with the plane's Lithium-Ion batteries. After Boeing modified the jets with new batteries, flights resumed in April. This Ethiopian Airlines plane was the first to resume flights. The fire at Heathrow could be somet

Kilimanjaro International Airport takes top spot in 4th regional heat of 2013's Routes Airport Marketing Awards

Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport has emerged as winner of the African heat of this year’s Routes Airport Marketing Awards. On Tuesday, over 300 aviation professionals were gathered to witness the presentation of the awards and to take part in the 8th Routes Africa – the largest route development event for the entire African region, which this year is hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport. “This has been one of the most amazing evenings for us at Kilimanjaro International Airport to win this award,” said Christine Mwakatobe, Business Development Manager, Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company, after collecting the award, continuing:  “We would like to thank all of the airlines that serve the airport for voting for us in this process and we are pledging our commitment that we will keep working hand-in-hand with all of our partners.  Thank you for trusting in us and believing in us and giving us this wonderful op

Unmanned X-47B makes historic landing aboard USS George H.W. Bush

The U.S. Navy moved one step closer to integrating unmanned aircraft into carrier-based operations when the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator landed aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).  The X-47B lands aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), July 10,  marking the first time an unmanned aircraft has made an arrested landing  aboard a modern aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo)   This was the first time an unmanned aircraft has made an arrested landing aboard a modern aircraft carrier.   The July 10 landing was the final part of three at-sea test periods for X-47B during the last eight months, culminating a decade of Navy unmanned integration efforts that show the Navy’s readiness to move forward with unmanned carrier aviation says Rear Adm. Mat Winter , who oversees the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons in Patuxent River, Md.   “This demonstration has enabled us to merge industry and government technologies t

Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 Crashed on landing at San Francisco Airport;2 dead.

A Boeing 777-200 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) on Saturday. Flight OZ-214 originated in Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN), South Korea. The airplane impacted the ground while attempting to land on runway 28L. Photos and videos from the accident scene suggest the tail separated and a fire had erupted. Occupants were seen evacuating from the airplane.   The plane had 291 passengers and 19 crews. 2 fatalities have been reported and there are dozens injured, ten said to be critical. The 2 dead souls were found out of the plane and are said to be Chinese.   Eye witnesses said it was clear Asiana Airlines flight 214 was in trouble as it approached the airport. it appeared to be coming in too short and may have hit the sea wall dividing the run-way from the Sun Francisco bay.   The plane burst into flames shortly after it hit the ground with dens